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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Terrorists? Whoops...

For those of you who find politics below the border so interesting (horrifying), I just came across this report at the Daily Misleader -- the official chronicle of all the distortions of the Bush administration. Apparently, prior to 9/11, Dark Emperor Rumsfeld, Bush, and all their cronies thought it was rather silly to put so much focus on Terrorism, and on Al Qaida specifically. They actually downgraded counter-terrorism, contrary to their later claims.

Sometimes, you've really gotta love the internet.

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 11:57 a.m.


Saturday, March 27, 2004

A Fool and His Gift Certificates are Soon Parted

I've already put the gift certificate I received for the poetry reading to good use. Well, okay, maybe not... Let's call it "interesting use." Yeah, that could work.

I bought myself an economy-sized binder for roleplaying purposes (the pile of notes and papers that I need to run my game just keeps accumulating), and I wanted to pick up a book for reading over the summer (one of many -- just like Zhengshu, my reading queu is getting fairly large), but unfortunately not much that I could afford with the certificate interested me, and the stuff that interested me (such as Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) were all about twenty bucks too expensive.

Eventually, I settled on "Bartending for Dummies." I'm still not sure why; I mean, I partake in alcoholic beverages, say, about three or four times annually, rarely ever bothering to do more than get a nice buzz (which I do very easily -- I'm a pretty cheap drunk. Runs in the family.) Something about having that book on my bookshelf, though, appealed to me.

I just finished my Short Fiction essay, and I'm bored, so I thought I'd share that with the web.

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 11:35 p.m.


Friday, March 26, 2004

More Procrastination...

You are Schroeder!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Now, on to my short fiction paper... *sigh*

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 9:07 p.m.


All the Shit I Learned...
In Lit Theory.

(I probably shouldn't be posting this until after I get my final mark, in case Dr. Creelman happens to stumble upon it... But what the hell, I like to live dangerously.)

Aristotelian: Tragic shit is better than any other shit.
Aestheticism: Some of this shit is beautiful, some of this shit is sublime, and some of this shit is shit.
Formalism: Let’s try to really understand all this shit.
Marxism: The proletariat is still struggling against the bourgeoisie? Shit.
Deconstruction: All of this shit doesn’t mean shit.
Psychoanalysis: Some of this shit stands for other shit.
Feminism: Women shit too, you know.

One of these days, my sense of humour is really gonna get me in trouble.

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 6:37 p.m.


Something completely different...

A friend of mine in Texas sent me this link of The State of the Union Address the way it should have been.

It's a little over 15 meg, I do believe, but it's worth the dowload.

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 6:34 p.m.


Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Utter Nonsense

Did my poetry reading today. I keep almost forgetting how Dr. Creelman managed to convince me to actually read anything, and then I remember the gift certificate.

Still, it wasn't as bad as I'd expected. I managed to clean up my jabberwock sequel enough to make it somewhat presentable. I'm still not too happy with some of the rhymes I wrote there (Dragon/Brazen?!? Blech...) but C'est La Vie.

Of course, as I expected, the sheer artistry that the other two participants showed through their work blew my own stuff out of the water. Jabberwock's fun, but theirs was... gorgeous. Honestly, sometimes I don't know how the indefatigable Mr. Collins does it -- I mean, doesn't he ever get tired of being brilliant?

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 3:36 p.m.


Thursday, March 18, 2004


I just couldn't let this pass without comment: Strong Bad's total of answered e-mails has recently reached a full hundred.

Of course, if you don't know who Strong Bad is, you might want to go here first. And if you're unfamiliar with the site AND happen to be a Buffy fan who didn't completely get the Trogdor the Burninator reference during the D&D game of the final episode of the series, you might want to think aboug going here, too.

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 2:38 p.m.


Tuesday, March 16, 2004

"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them."
-Flannery O'Connor

Monsters Walk Among Us...

I have come to a conclusion in the past few days. University Professors are not real human beings.

Sure, they may look like human beings... They may have similar interests to human beings. But on some very basic, very significant level they are an entirely different sort of beast... Perhaps silicon-based life forms, or something.

How else can you explain the entirely cruel way so many of them design a course's workload -- particularly if that course is a requirement for an English degree? (The more mainstream the course, the more difficult the workload is...) The sadistic glee that dances on their eyes upon changing a reading schedule, or adding an additional project out of the blue -- especially when your present workload is already barely manageable?

My friends, monsters do indeed walk among us. And their sole purpose is to educate us -- providing "educate" in this case means ensuring that we are stressed-out, sleep-deprived little wretches. If they cannot be human, then damn it, they'll ensure we're robbed of our own humanity, slowly but surely, through hardship and toil!

*sigh* Okay, obviously I'm a little stressed out right now... Have been for a while -- hence my lack of posting. And I'm probably going to get progressively worse in the next while: the escapism my weekly roleplaying provides helps keep me sane, and I doubt I'll be able to manage to squeeze out any time for it, so I expect I'll have descended into true madness by the end of the month, a babbling half-man unable to comprehend anything outside of literature, defining my world through Derridean perspective, able to communicate only in Petrarchan sonnets involving bird-imagery, contradictorily convinced that there is no divine, no meaning, but if there were it could only be found in the (un-) divine sublimity of a (un-) tree. Oh, and I'll be all indecisive and stuff.

I'll post as often as I'm able, of course, which will likely be not much. My web page needs an update, too, but I doubt there will be one forthcoming before exams... I'm such an irresponsible crossroads of signifiers!

By the by, Dr. Jones, I'm still waiting on your blog entry about Lost In Translation.

Jesse R enlightened the masses @ 5:34 p.m.


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